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Craig, I downloaded these same photos from the Life Magazine collection several years ago. The first image was taken in Washington DC on Memorial Day 1942. The truck towing the big Caterpillar is an Autocar U8144T, while the truck pulling the pontoon trailer is a Mack NJU. The second image was taken in 1950 but I did not record where. I believe it was in the Pacific Northwest somewhere. The Life Magazine Collection contains thousands of images, but only a very small percentage of these images appeared in the magazine. The photos in the collection are often every shot a particular photographer took while on an assignment, sometimes over 100 photographs, and maybe one or even none made it to the magazine. 

On an unrelated note, a gentleman in Oregon contacted me a few weeks ago about some Federal parts and also sent me photos of his Coleman G55 with a Quickway crane. It runs and operates. I gave him your email, has he contacted you yet ? 

 These are the same images you posted but I think the attachments are larger. 





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Coleman G-55A carrier with Quick-Way Model "E" Truck Shovel – Dates and Locations?

– I have long enjoyed these 2 photos which have been frequently shared from LIFE magazine, but I have never been able to identify the exact magazine editions/page numbers. I am extremely interested in finding if there were any captions or supporting stories.

– Also, does anyone recognize the exact locations?   I am assuming that the "looking down" shot is towards the west end of the mall in Washington DC, and that the other shot is perhaps in Philadelphia, but those are just guesses on my part.

On a side note, in combat, the G-55A / Quick-Way Truck Shovel was originally envisioned as being paired with a short convoy of military 6x6 dump trucks to repair shell holes in roads and runways, but was later assigned to unloading and placing pontoon bridges, erecting bridge structures, and general loading/unloading activities
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This "looking-down" photo shows a G-55A  (2nd variant) being escorted by a Caterpillar tractor loaded on a lowboy, as well as 2 pontoon bridge sections also loaded on a lowboy, which was perhaps a fairly typical convoy assignment. Note the single-axle trailer loaded with a truck shovel, pile driver, clamshell, and appropriate rigging. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers considered the G-55A / Quick-Way Truck Shovel almost as a "Swiss Army Knife" – truly their "Jack of All Trades."   While I am not sure, I assume the two semi-tractors are Autocar?


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This "street-level" photo shows a G-55A (3rd variant) paired with a convoy of dump trucks, although in this photo, they are commercial trucks.

Thanks in advance for any assistance!



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★★★ SOLD - pending payment...★★★

Fully-Restored 1937 Coleman E-54 #4671 Offered for Sale in Colorado....


Truck is a recent restoration by the seller and is equipped with a BUDA L-525 #227329; PERFEX radiator; Coleman-fabricated all-weather cab with sliding doors, and non-operable dump bed.

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Although late in its w
ork-life, had served as a boom truck ("The Brute"), it is now restored to its original configuration as Colorado State Highway Department (S.H.D.) #517.

Truck starts easily and runs well, with usable tires all around. Original Coleman data plate is present in cab. Completely ready for "show truck" or "parade" duties.

No title, but will provide bill of sale. Truck is located in Pierce, Weld County, Colorado.

$8500 firm.

The seller, Ken Kafka, can be reached at < nash2ton@thinair.net >



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No different bunch Brocky.
That most likely went to collector in Ca, somewhere around the bay area.



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Is that the Spooner Family of Amarillo Texas??  If so, Try contacting Bub Warren, shop 806-374-3056, also of Amarillo, he might be able to get an answer for you??

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I have tried to contact Bob Spooner, but never heard back from him...




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Maybe Bob Spooner could tell you where he took it.


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Does Anyone Know Who Purchased this 1928 Coleman?

That's my very dear fried, the late Don Chew (1935-2017) standing in front of a 1928 Coleman 3-ton truck (chassis #5134), originally owned by M.C. Hubbell, as part of his fleet of (6) Coleman trucks with 3yd dump beds and single-axle ore trailers, who contracted to haul ore to the local rail head for the Eagle-Picher Mine in Ruby, AZ.   Don Evans, of Bakersfield CA, owns (2) of the other Colemans, complete with Coleman single-axle ore trailers, from the same fleet of trucks. 

The truck was later purchased in 1986 by the late George L. Coleman, Jr. (1912-1997), and then partially-restored by the late Don Chew (1935-2017). Don removed the dump bed and replaced it with a tank body, with plans to paint it yellow and letter it as a Pennzoil delivery truck, since G.L. Coleman, Jr., was on the Pennzoil board of directors. To clarify, G.L. Coleman, Jr. briefly served as the president of Coleman Motors from 1945-1947, after his father had passed away.

This truck was recently purchased from the Don Chew Estate and was last seen being hauled north through Wyoming by Bob Spooner. Does anyone know who purchased it?

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My very dear fried, the late Don Chew (1935-2017) standing in front of partially-restored Coleman #5134 from the old Eagle-Picher ore-hauling fleet in Ruby, AZ.  Don was forced to discontine the restoration when funding by the owner was discontinued.   Photo by Craig H. Trout, please credit. 

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Coleman #5134 headed north across Wyoming earlier this year on Bob Spooner's rig.  Does anyone know who purchased this 1928 Coleman from the Don Chew Estate?  Photo by Sammy Führe -- please credit. 



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They put some miles on them in Salinas, the road miles don't hurt them the fields do, with the quaduaple underdrives in them it seems to take 20 feet once you push the clutch in to unwind, I put 50 miles a day on mine.


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I suppose they would not run up a lot of miles over their lifetime, but probably motor hours are high

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